The final piece of the Orlando Sentinel printing press was trucked away late last week from the local paper’s warehouse located at 633 N. Orange Avenue.
The Orlando Sentinel Media Group announced in June 2017 that they would cease printing their own newspapers and shift the service to GateHouse Media and their plants in Daytona Beach and Lakeland.
That decision led to the severance of 89 full-time employees and over 20 part-time positions related to printing and packaging the paper in-house for the Orlando Sentinel and El Sentinel.
Our editor happened to be cycling by the warehouse when work crews were removing the final piece of the massive printing press, to be hauled away to Tampa for further scrapping.
The paper has only a few years left on their lease of the downtown property, which is owned by MidTown Opportunities, a Miami-based real estate group that purchased it in July 2016 for $35.1 million.